The pink shawl is now eating 6 g. of yarn per repeat. I only have one more repeat before I do the edging. It IS taking me all week.
While I'm knitting, I'm usually watching TV, or to be more accurate, TiVo. I don't catch a lot of series; just Bones and what's left of the Stargates. The rest is History Channel, Science Channel, Knitty Gritty, Masterpiece Theater--that sort of thing.
But what keeps me going in the rest of my life is the iPod.
I hate doing dishes. I hate laundry. I hate cleaning. I hate walking that hour a day for exercise. The only thing that makes doing those things bearable is knowing I can listen to a recorded book on my iPod.
Since getting my iPod I have listened to all of the Amelia Peabody mysteries--twice. I've listened to all of the Patrick O'Brien Aubrey/Maturin novels. I listened to most of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon thrillers. I've started in on the classics--The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, and now The Count of Monte Cristo.
So in a way, the iPod buys me my knitting time. I get the other stuff out of the way faster so I can knit.
Since I like it so much, I thought I would pass on a few recommendations.
If you get an account with them so that you have credits, you can get two books a month for about $10 each, and additional books are discounted. If you use your credits on the really pricey ones and watch for sales, you don't waste too much yarn money.
The downside is that you can't lend them to friends and family as easily as you can a print book or a book on CD. The person has to actually download them from your computer to their iPod. There is a three-computer limit to the number of places you can download to, and a downloaded book isn't useable if you copy it to another location.
Audible works with pretty much any mp3 player. You don't have to have an iPod.
P.S. they are not paying me for this.
I will listen to anything read by Barbara Rosenblat. She is Amelia Peabody. Patrick Tull, sadly now deceased, is the reader for Patrick O'brian's seafaring books.
I like The Patrick O'Brian Compendium for Aubrey/Maturin info; Amelia Peabody.com for that series (for some reason I don't like Elizabeth Peters's other mysteries all that much); Murders in the National Parks for info on the Ann Pigeon thrillers (caveat: these can get gory); and Sparknotes for those "do what?" moments in the classics.
I can't actually think of anything else to say, so I guess Edmond Dantès and I will take Trusty for a walk now.